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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Juniper Berries - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



Safe for most dogs and cats when used as an
alternate medicine in moderation for short-term intervention...

In this article - Juniper Berries...
1. Juniper Berries
2. Health Benefits  
3.Cautions  
4. Side Effects  
5. Drug Interactions

1.0 Juniper Berries

  • Safe for most dogs and cats when used in moderation as an ingested treatment for short-term intervention;
  • Safe to use as a topical treatment for small wounds - not to be used as a long-term daily supplement or treatment.
  • Juniper berry oil is safe for use as a topical antiseptic treatment for minor cuts to prevent and treat bacterial infections.
  • Whole juniper berries can be ground with a mortar and pestle into a powder or you can purchase it in oil or supplement form.
  • Juniper berries are harvested from the coniferous juniper which grows as a bush or medium height tree – a member of the pine family.
  • Available forms - whole berries, powder, tea, tincture...
My German shepherd x Siberian Husky ‘Sarah’ likes juniper berries so much that she picks them herself – I keep an eye on her to ensure she does not consume too many!



2.0 Health Benefits


Juniper berries contain volatile oils that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and carminative. Juniper berry is a blood purifier that eliminates impurities from the blood via the urinary tract.


Uses – partial list...

Ingested…


Uses (Topical)…

  • Apply the oil (sparingly) directly to the skin to treat:
  • Minor cuts, scrapes, wounds;
  •  Joint and muscle pain.

Uses (Inhaled)…

  • Treat bronchitis;
  • Numb pain.

To make a Juniper Berry Tea

  • Steep 20 berries for every cup of water;
  • Use a tea pot or pot with a lid to preserve the volatile oils;
  • Only step for 5 to 8 minutes to preserve the volatile oils;
  • Use the tea sparingly…
    • Small dogs and cats should have no more than 1 tbs a day;
    • Medium size dogs should have no more than 1/8 cup a day;
    • Large dogs should have no more than 1/3 cup a day.
  • Only use until the issues clears and do not use for more than 4 weeks at a time.


3.0 Cautions...

  • Juniper tea - Ingested Use:
    • Is for temporary use only, to clear-up a condition
    • Do not use juniper tea for more than 4 weeks at a time after which stop usage for a minimum of a week before using juniper tea again.
  • Juniper Tea or Tincture - Topical Use:
    • When using topically only apply to small areas – don’t use on large wounds;
  • Juniper can lower blood sugar so don’t use on dogs that have diabetes;
  • Juniper might affect blood pressure so don’t use on dogs with blood pressure issues;
  • Stop using juniper two weeks prior to any scheduled surgery;
  • Do not use for pregnant or lactating females.
  • If your dog has environmental allergies, he/she may have an allergic reaction to juniper – if a reaction occurs, cease use.


4.0 Side effects…

  • When used topically can in some cases cause burning, irritation, redness and swelling.
  • When ingested in large doses may cause diarrhea, vomiting and increases urine flow;
  • Taking large doses over time can cause damage to the kidneys and convulsions.


5.0 Drug Interactions…

  • Minor interaction – diuretic drugs;
  • Moderate interaction – anti-diabetes drugs.

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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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